First Holy Communion Parents, Short Course (4 weeks)

A short course of four weeks to support and encourage parents whose children are preparing for First Holy Communion.

The individual modules that make up this course are listed below. You can work through them in the order suggested here, or change the order if it suits your group better. You can also substitute other modules if they will be more appropriate for your group.

This course can be used by parishes who wish to offer some pastoral support and catechesis to parents whose children are preparing for the sacraments. This can be a very good opportunity for parents to feel supported by the Church and to get to know each other as a friendship group. If they can grow in faith then they will also help their children to grow in faith.

The course can be offered as an optional course for parents to attend whenever they are free, or as a obligatory course that runs in parallel with some of the children’s sessions. You can find a longer 8 week course here.

 

(1) THE POWER OF PRAYER [“Film 8” in Series: click here to view]

What is prayer? Does prayer make a difference? How to pray.

 

(2) THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE CHURCH [“Film 5” in Series: click here to view]

How the Holy Spirit can change your life. No one gets into heaven alone. Why we need signs, symbols and sacraments.

 

(3) FORGIVENESS, HEALING AND MISSION [“Film 16” in Series: click here to view]

Forgiveness and the Sacrament of Confession. Healing and the Sacrament of the Sick. Christian mission and the call to share our faith.

 

(4) THE HOLY EUCHARIST [“Film 15” in Series: click here to view]

The meaning of the Mass. The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

 

Please note that the accompanying “Film Number” (e.g. “Film 13”) and Session Number (e.g. “Session 13”) refer to the complete list of Sycamore films and not to the order of each module in this course.

You can find the complete list of Sycamore films here and the complete list of Session Guides here. The “Film Number” and “Session Number” is a fixed code number so you know which film is being referred to, even if it appears in different places in different courses.

If you are using Sycamore as a central part of your sacramental preparation and catechesis, see the page here about Sycamore and sacramental preparation.

If you are using the YouCat readings as part of your course, see the page here about using the YouCat.